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Composite vs. UPVC Doors vs. Wood Doors – Southall Windows

Composite doors Vs uPVc doors

composite vs upvc doors


uPVC doors are very popular to date and can still be found in millions of houses throughout the UK.  They are made of unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride, which is the full name of uPVC. It is a type of plastic that’s tough and hasn’t had any additives inserted when manufactured. These doors are made of plastic, that is the reason they have a low-price tag.

The composite doors are made from a mix of different materials that are glued tightly together to provide superior strength. Composite doors are denser compared to the uPVC doors. These composite doors are expensive than the uPVC doors because of their strength and thermal efficiently.

At Southall Windows we provide a wide range of composite doors and designs  and upvc doors and designs too. Click on this link for Composite doors and click on this link for uPVC doors.


Composite door Vs Timber door

Timber is not very much in fashion these days because of their price. Timber is strong, secure, and environmentally friendly. With proper maintenance will last longer than uPVC, aluminium, or composite doors. On the other hand, they tend to expand and contract over time, and to shrink or swell in dry or humid conditions. They require a lot of maintenance work, and need to be painted every few years.

On the other hand Composite doors are very strong and secure and they are not required a lot of maintenance. From outside they just look like the timber doors. They are less expensive than the timber doors.


What to choose Composite doors or uPVC?

Both the doors have cons and pros. Although uPVC doors are very safe and secure, but composite doors provide the highest level of security.

The main difference would be the price difference because both the doors have their own roles to play and they are made of different materials.

At Southall Windows we suggest the main front door as Composite door as they are very stylish and thermal efficient. They can both fit in a modern and a classic homes.


Composite doors Energy efficient weather proof

Composite doors are the main choice of homeowners as their front main doors. If you’re looking for front doors, composite is the way to go.

Composite doors are designed to retain heat, eliminate draughts and keep your home protected from the weather.

The composite door at Southall Windows are very energy efficient weatherproof seals.


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Composite doors how to choose – Southall Windows

This guide from Southall Windows can make it easy for you to choose a right type of composite doors for you. Please visit our page for the composite doors designs. 

The front door play a very important practical role. Your front door forms a very critical part of your over all home style and it is a point at which you welcome visitors.


The front door of your house must be strong and safe, but it also influences the first impressions and initial kerb appeal of your home. In this guide we will mainly discuss about the composite doors as the main front door of your home.


What is a composite door ?

Composite doors are named because they’re made from more than one material.

These doors are built to high standards of quality and security. These doors are very competitive and compromise between style, strength and price.

A composite door is designed to appear as a wooden door, with an attractive wood grain, bit it is made of a material used which normally doesn’t fade easily and quickly.

Composite doors are well-designed modern doors made from several materials. Their superior quality sets a new high standard within the door industry.

What a composite door made of ?

Composite doors are made of a variety of materials, each chosen for its specific benefit, combined to result in one of the strongest doors on the market with competitive price. Pressed and glued together under high-pressure conditions, composite doors are made of different type of material put together into one door.

Rather than using the Upvc or solid timber, these composite doors are made of GRP or fibreglass. They are built with foal-filled core to ensure excellent thermal efficiency. It also keeps your door light and strong.


Why Choose a Composite Front Door?

Composite front doors are designed to give an appearance similar to a wood door with a performance more like aluminium. They require a very little maintenance and offer good thermal efficiency.

Composite doors are most commonly made from glass reinforced fibre (GRP) and they tend to be 44mm thick and have either a hard foam insulating core reinforced with steel, or a solid timber core.

Composite doors offer amazing performance at a very reasonable price. They are much stronger than even solid wooden doors .

They are also excellent at keeping the wind and rain out. Another major advantage is its security performance.


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Bespoke design

Custom design your new composite door, with a range of stunning designs of your choice. You can choose the glass in your door as you like and you can choose the hardware style and colour according to your needs.

A beautiful range of contemporary colours, including a dual colour option with white inside and black on the exterior, in-keeping with both the character of your property and inside décor.


Thermal efficiency

These composite doors are very energy-efficient. They are highly resistant to weathering. They keep winter and rain out.

The composite doors at Southall Windows  are fitted with energy-efficient double glazing or triple glazing and toughened safety glass as standard. You can also choose from different glass types including decorative and obscure.


Safe and secure

These doors are very solid and robust. The composite doors are able to withstand any knocks and bumps. They are more secure than a traditional timber door.



AluK Bifolding Doors – Southall Windows

AluK is a leader in the design and manufacture of aluminium sliding and folding doors, delivering outstanding reliability, performance and design every time. At Southall Windows we provide various style of AL UK bifold doors.



AluK bifolding doors are one of the most popular bifolding door products that we at Southall Windows have installed in homes in West London.

At Southall Windows we provide stylish but practical bi-fold doors and they are built to your needs, offering you a bespoke solution every time, from the configuration of the doors to the handles, accessories and colour, making Southall Windows  bi-fold doors the perfect addition to your home.


Getting the Perfect Colour

You can personalise your bi-fold door to give a personal touch to your home, at Southall Windows we can fit your ALUK bi-fold doors in standard or bespoke colours. It doesn’t matter if your home is modern, traditional, period or heritage, you’ll find a colour which will suit your home style.

At Southall Windows, We also offer a dual colour option, which means you can choose a different colour for the inside and the outside of the door. You don’t need to  settle for a door that looks great on the outside but doesn’t match to your inside decorations.


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AluK bifolding door designs and features

AluK bifolding door have several designs and features that make it ideal for homes.

For the homeowner the AluK bifolding doors benefit from both a square or soft line profile on the outside meaning it can have either a flat contemporary look or a more traditional rounded appearance.


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Secure and robust

A robust and strong bi-fold means that good hardware is essential for smooth operation and long term reliability.  AluK bifolding doors feature very high quality running gear and guide mechanisms at the top of the doors.  The bottom rollers consist of a set stainless steel wheels designed to give reliable trouble free operation.

High security comes as standard with multi point locking mechanisms, high quality door handles and certification under the Secured by Design Scheme. The high security glazing beads are internal and offer the glazing option of either 28mm double glazing right up to 44mm units to accommodate integral blinds within the glass.

Also threshold options are available. AluK bifolding doors also offer excellent thermal efficiency.


Bifold doors styles available – Southall Windows

Bifold doors are ideal when you are thinking about creating moor room into your existing space or when you are thinking of creating a clear opening on two sides of a room.


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At Southall Windows, we can create a range of configurations, various colours and various configurations and styles of the bifold which will fit your and your family need.

You can choose how many panels you need into your bifold door. The number of panel will depend on the space available where you are willing to fit your new bifold door.

Bifold doors are available from 2 panels to 6 panels and can be added more if required more. The minimum number of panels is 2 to 3.


2 Panels bifold door

These kind of bifold doors are ideal in case you have a very small space because of your existing house and if you are replacing existing two pane French or patio door.

The 2 panels billfold door consist of two panels that open in a sliding action in one direction.


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3 Panels Bifold doors

These 3 panel bifolding doors are available in 2 different style or configurations.  All 3 panels doors can either all slide in one direction or you can have one door hinged as an access leaf.



In case you will use your bifold doors for regular access into the garden an access leaf is useful because it enables you to only open one swinging leaf without having to slide all the 3 doors.


4 panel bifolding door

A 4 panel bifolding doors are generally available in three different configurations:



All panels can slide back in one direction in the same way as two or three panel doors.

A very popular style with four pane bifolding doors is the “French Door” type. In this case centre two doors can open swing open like hinged doors. This combination of door opening is useful where you can still use the doors like traditional French Doors for when the weather is not that warm.  On warmer days, the middle leaves open like hinged French Doors.


5 Panel Bifolding Doors

Three different options of opening styles are available on five pane bifolding doors.  All the leaves can be slid back.

You can either choose to slide all the panel in one side. Or you choose to split the section in 2. One side can slide is in one direction and the other can slide in the opposite direction.

Additionally You can leave one panel fix and slide all the others.


6 or more Panel Bifolding Doors

The same configuration as four-panel doors is available for six-panel doors but with an extra pane at each end.

So for panels more than six you can choose a combination of styles.

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